Excerpt from Seattle Parks Post
by Karen O’Connor
“Join the Lake City community to celebrate the opening of the Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The official ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 11 a.m. followed by beginner skateboard lessons from Skate Like a Girl, a 12 and under skate demo, giveaways, DIY deck project, music and refreshments. Virgil Flaim Park, 2700 NE 123rd St, is the largest, most centrally-located park in the Lake City community, and it is used extensively by families for recreation, outdoor dining, and community gatherings.
The Lake City Skatespot project was community-initiated and includes a skatespot with colored concrete, a relocated and resurfaced the basketball court and other improvements at the park. A skatespot is smaller than a full skatepark but large enough to incorporate multiple skateboarding features. The community’s desire for a skatepark in Lake City was first documented in the North Neighborhood Plan (1999) and then in the Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2007 Citywide Skatepark Plan. Cascade Design Collaborative in collaboration with Grindline Skateparks worked with the community on the design and improvements at the park.
The project received $750,000 from the community-initiated 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, $75,000 from King County Youth and Amateur Sports Facilities program, and a $30,000 donation from the Wells Fargo “LIFT the Block” neighborhood revitalization program. Local Wells Fargo team members will volunteer at the event assisting with Lake City Branch Library DIY board project and commemorative button-making during the grand opening celebration.
The park project supports current revitalization efforts by Children’s Home Society of Washington who acted as the sponsor for Wells Fargo “LIFT the Block” grant. The Wells Fargo donation funded the colored concrete for the skatespot and supported the opening celebration.”
A Great Day In Lake City
Saturday, September 9th, Lake City Future First was joined by about 30 neighbors to dedicate artist Andrew Miller’s mural on the retaining walls of Value Village. LCFF funded the mural and looks forward to continuing to work with the Lake City Young Leaders, local business, Lake City artists and Andy to keep the momentum going on murals in Lake City. Thanks to the Double J Saloon for hosting the after party. Attendants were treated to some music, insights from Andy and his process and a dinasaur themed cake in honor of the mural motif.
Earlier that day – Lake City came out to celebrate the grand opening of the Lake City Skate Park. Our local hero, Kevin Hilman, who shepherded this project through over the course of about 9 years, was joined by Mayor Ed Murray, Parks Superintendent Jesus Aguirre, Dwight Preveo with Wells Fargo, members of the Virgil Flaim Family and Andrea Meyers with Children’s Home Society. The park was buzzing with youth of all ages and beyond showing their tricks and enjoying this incredible addition to the community.
LCFF presented Kevin with a special award at our August Community Conversation for his dedication and perseverance throughout the project. Kevin is a true example of the positive impact an individual can have on a community.
Exploring Our Parks
6:30-8pm – Meet at Lake City Community Center
Free Food from Gyros on Lake City
Live jazz from Reuel Lubag
Ice Cream from Sweet Alchemy
An optional walking tour to Virgil Flaim Skate Park & 125th St Mini Park
Several Parks Department Staff on hand
6:30-7:15 Attendees visit table, gather information, eat, enjoy live music
7:15-8pm Walking tour of parks –
Group 1 – Community Center to Virgil Flam Park, to Mini Park to Festival Street and back
Group 2 – Festival Street to Mini Park to Virgil Flam Park to Community Center and back
For our August Community Conversation we decided to bring things outside.Join us along with Community Members and Parks Staff to talk about our Lake City Parks. Representatives will be on hand to talk about the new park coming to 33rd Avenue, how to put on events in public parks, the new Virgil Flaim Skate Park as well as other parks related issues. Meet at the Lake City Community Center for free food and enjoy live music at Albert Davis Park.
LC Library Looking for Crafty Volunteers
“At the library we are looking for several adult volunteers who are handy with tools, woodworking, cabinetry, carpentry, etc. This would be a 1.5-3 hour volunteer commitment on Saturday, August 9th between 11am-2pm for the grand opening of the Lake City skate park in Virgil Flaim Park. This should be a great event sponsored by the Parks Department with food, music, and skateboarding demonstrations and lessons for youth!
I am looking for volunteers who might enjoy and could help teens construct bookends and bookshelves made out of wooden skateboard decks in our library booth in the park (I have collected over 50 used skateboards for this project). Honestly I am not at all handy, so I really need volunteers to actually help the teens!
Also I could use a couple of volunteers to help me prep 1 or 2 days in advance (anything requiring a saw or sharp tools needs to be completed in advance of working with youth).
Finally if you have any hand tools we could borrow for this project/ on 9/9 that would also be much appreciated. Thank you so much for considering if this sounds like fun to you! Please contact me by email below if this is of interest to you.”
Cheers, Nancy (Lake City Librarian)